This spring, a large group of North Park students and staff committed to volunteering at CHIC, and Friday evening all the planning and preparation got 38 of us on a bus headed to Tennessee.

The overnight bus trip included movie watching, snack eating, and a little bit of sleep. A stop north of Indianapolis introduced us to our first “Mobile Chapel,” a ministry focused on bringing church to the truck driving and transport industry. At the helm of the trip was David, an excellent bus driver who made such great time on the road that the team arrived in Tennessee before we could even get into a building on campus at UT (necessitating a very early morning breakfast stop at IHOP).

The students volunteered for a wide variety of reasons: some because they loved attending CHIC as students themselves, some because they just love high schoolers and heard it would be a great time. They came from all over the country; many are members of North Park’s Gospel Choir.

What is true of everyone on the team, though, is that we desire to serve and are excited for the week: “I can’t wait for the high school students to arrive!” said Erin, a volunteer in the midst of painting and prep work for the Hub. “I can’t wait for the chaos of thousands of people!” added Michelle.

The prospect of great experiences helping high schoolers connect more deeply with their faith made the long trip totally worth it for this group, and is giving us energy for prep work all throughout Saturday and Sunday. We all can’t wait to see you!

Megan Gilmore
Leader of North Park University volunteer group

This post was written by Megan Gilmore, of Resurrection Covenant Church, in Chicago, Illinois.

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